Moving to Europe after Brexit and Corona Virus

Moving to Europe after Brexit and the Corona Virus lockdown  is very much dependent on the country you are moving from. If you are moving to Europe from outside of the EU, such as a move to Europe from America then you should visit the EU help page that gives you details on how to move to Europe and apply for residency.

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Moving to Europe after Brexit

The Team at Advance Moves International Removals have put together a quick guide on Moving to Europe after Brexit and Corona Virus. Have a read of some simplified details below. If you want more information or an online quotation for moving to anywhere in Europe then visit the Advance Moves site for a wealth of information on moving to Europe.

The process of gaining resident status in Europe depends on what country you are moving to. Moving to Europe after Brexit from the UK is explained below.

Moving to Europe from the UK

If you are Moving to Europe after Brexit from the UK then your rights remain the same as any EU citizen until the end of the transition period on 31st December 2020. This date maybe put back allowing more time to move to Europe before legislation changes. The delay may occur due to the Corona Virus lockdown delaying many processes across Europe.

Residency documents for moving to Europe

You  may need to apply for a residence status to confirm that you were already resident in the EU country you live in before 31 December 2020. You will have until at least 30 June 2021 to do this but atart the process early.

The EU country where you live should set up a system for applying for a residence status. The application process should be fairly simple and either free of charge, or cost no more than applying for a similar document such as a national identity card or passport.

You will have until at least 30 June 2021 to submit your application. The British Government will share information on how to apply in their Living in guides for specific countries in Europe when it is available.

Permanent residency documents for living in Europe

You will be able to exchange a current valid permanent residence document for a new residence document free of charge until at least 30 June 2021. This also applies to current valid domestic immigration documents that confirm your permanent right to live in a country in Europe. You may need to provide proof of identity and undergo a criminality and security check.

Moving to Europe with Family members

Your close family members will be able to join you in Europe after 31 December 2020 under current EU rules. This applies to spouses, registered partners, dependent children and grandchildren, as well as dependent parents and grandparents. The relationship must have begun before the transition period ends on 31 December 2020.

Children born to or legally adopted by a person covered by the Withdrawal Agreement are also protected by the Agreement, if that person has custody of the children.

Healthcare in Europe

Your current rights to healthcare in your country of residence will remain the same. If the UK pays for your healthcare through the S1 scheme, this is included.

UK-issued European Health Insurance Cards (EHICs) will remain valid in all EU countries until the transition period ends on 31 December 2020. If you are travelling to another EU country, you should ensure that you have valid travel insurance as normal.

The EEA EFTA states of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland

The UK has an agreement with the European Economic Area European Free Trade Area (EEA EFTA) states of Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein which protect citizens’ rights.

You should read the UK Government living in guides for:

Moving to Switzerland

The UK government has reached an agreement with Switzerland to protect citizens’ rights. Read the UK-Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement and the living in guide for Switzerland.

Moving to Ireland

The current rights of UK and Irish nationals in the Common Travel Area will not be affected by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. So no change after Brexit. View the UK Government information on the Common Travel Area guidance. Read the UK government Living in Ireland guide.

More info on moving to specific countries in Europe

For more information about moving to specific countries in Europe visit the Advance Moves site and check out their information pages on moving to each country in Europe.

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